Arrest made for murder of missing Sacramento woman

Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies have one of Janet Mejia's other roommates in custody on separate weapons charges and that roommate is a person of interest in Mejia's murder, pending forensic testing. (April 14, 2017)

An arrest has been made in connection with the disappearance and subsequent death of Sacramento woman Janet Mejia.

Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives arrested Teris Vinson, 25, of Sacramento and charged him with the murder of Mejia.

Vinson was arrested April 13 on unrelated weapons charges and has remained in custody since that time, according to sheriff’s officials.

Mejia was reported missing April 11 by a different roommate, who Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies say was in a relationship with Vinson. The three all lived together at a North Highlands apartment. 

According to Mejia’s roommate, the 28-year-old left her home around 9 a.m. on April 11 and was not seen again.

As the investigation continued, detectives learned that Mejia left her family’s home in Stockton during the morning hours of Monday, April 10. She was driving back to Sacramento, deputies said, and was scheduled to work at 4:00 p.m. at Nordstrom’s in Roseville. She never showed up for work.

On April 12, investigators found Mejia’s car abandoned in the Arden-Arcade area. A day later, detectives discovered Mejia’s body off a roadway in the area of Watt Avenue and Dyer Lane in Placer County.

An autopsy indicated Mejia suffered a gunshot wound and was the victim of homicide.

Vinson will be add-booked for murder, and will be ineligible for bail. 

© 2017 KXTV-TV


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